Reviewed by First Mate Keira
Title: Matched (Matched Trilogy, Book 1)
Author: Ally Condie
Page Count: 366 pages
Grade Reading Level: Ages 14 and up
Summary: Society controls all aspects of life. They dictate your career, your spouse, what you eat, where you live, and your leisure activities. Cassia Reyes trusts Society to do what is best for her, which is why she's super excited that her Matching Ceremony is tonight. Xander, the boy they select for her, is someone she's known her whole life - a rarity - most selections match boys and girls across the country. She's happy and takes home her little computer memory device that should reveal to her much of what she already knows about this boy but maybe there's some new tidbits she can pick up... but then the computer reads the chip and her match is not her best friend, but another guy from the same city! His name is Ky. Society tells her it is a glitch, but Cassia isn't so sure. Faced with a choice she never knew she had, Cassia has to navigate uncharted waters and either sink or swim.
Why I started this book:
Matched has been on my radar, as soon as I was able to make space in my large TBR pile I grabbed it from the library.
- I like how Ally created a heroine who always followed the rules and then created a situation where she'd have to question everything she ever knew. Cassia rises to the occasion and I am fairly sure will have more opportunity to grow out of her naive thoughtless worker-bee persona into a strong and determined character. Maybe she will even ensure the rules change for everyone and not just herself. I can see that happening.
- The Society's firm control on everyone's life seems awful (and really it is) but their justification on why is thought provoking. It also makes us question the benefits are really worth it. Personally I would not place my trust in government to be the end all be all of my life and let them make all my decisions. It's like that well-worn phrase from Benjamin Franklin, "Any one who will trade freedom for security deserves neither."
- On one hand Xander seems like a good match for Cassia, but considering the why and how Society matched them, you have to wonder why they weren't more compatible in certain areas: for instance what they liked to do in their leisure time. I wish it was explained how the matching selection is conducted and what the parameters were.
- I didn't like how Society controls when people died. That was one step way too far and deserves in and of itself a full scale rebellion. Let's get to it!
Rating: 4.5 Treasure Chests